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Sir Victor & Lady Blank Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Support early career researchers to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding


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Sir Victor & Lady Blank Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) provide single candidates up to £30,000 for research lasting up to three years. Awards may include new and directly incurred research costs. Funds may not be used to pay for salary. The research must be undertaken in the UK.

Awards are intended to support research-active lecturers, or lecturer equivalent level, to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. These awards are open to both clinician and academic researchers who have been awarded an MD or PhD within the last 7 years and are employed by the NHS, HEI or on a postdoctoral research fellowship with at least 40 percent of their time funded to undertake research.

Fellowships will be considered for basic science, clinical and translational research that seeks to improve the health of women, girls and babies in the areas of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period; gynaecological cancers; and general wellbeing issues surrounding women’s reproductive and gynaecological health.

Applications are particularly encouraged in the following priority themes:

  • Preventing and managing pre-eclampsia
  • Addressing pelvic floor problems which lead to bladder, bowel, vaginal, and sexual dysfunction
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cancer

Evidence must be provided of previous research experience and future research career intentions. Applications may be made to support projects that are already in progress or for a new project, provided a substantial element of the project is carried out during the course of the Fellowship. Research projects must be capable of being brought to a conclusion within the duration of the Fellowship.

Call timeline - 2021 call

Call launch: 17 June 2021
Submission deadline: 1pm on 12 August 2021
Application outcome: December 2021

How to apply

The application form and guidelines will be made available for download at the next call launch.

If you have any queries, please contact the Wellbeing of Women research team at or call 020 3697 6350.